Another humiliating blow just landed against the Biden administration. The Democrats rabid-dog anti-gunner David Chipman has been withdrawn from nomination for the position of head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Chipman, a career gun-control advocate, spent years working for groups that sought to trample the rights of law abiding citizens after spending some formerly troubled years working for the ATF. Chipman is well known for his caustic comments regarding private gun ownership and his nomination was strongly opposed by Republican lawmakers. Chipman also faced lackluster support from his own party, given his radicalized nature.
President Biden hailed Chipman for his “25 years [of] distinguished service” with the ATF on Thursday, practically weeping as he acknowledged the defeat of his favorite nominee. Biden claimed that Republicans favored “gun crime” and “gun manufacturers” over the will and safety of the American people, then citing his old lie that an “overwhelming majority” of Americans supported his “commonsense” gun control measures.
Biden thanked Chipman for his years of hard work at gun-grabbing.
Chuck Grassley (R-IO), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said of Chipman that there was more reason for hesitancy and concern than just his “long record as a partisan.” While his history as an “anti-Second Amendment activist” did not help him any, Grassley explains that Chipman also withheld important sealed documents from Congress, many of which still remain secretive to this day. The documents reportedly contain information about how he treated fellow employees during his time at the ATF. Unable to examine such documents, Grassley says that this confirms Chipman’s “lack of fitness” for the lead role of the agency.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Minority Leader, known for frequently supporting Biden’s executive nominees, joined in celebration at Chipman’s defeat.
Glad to hear reports the White House is taking my advice and pulling the terrible nomination of David Chipman. Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans' constitutional rights was ever picked to run ATF. This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) September 9, 2021
Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) also announced his satisfaction with Chipman’s withdrawal, saying that he opposed Chipman “from the start,” calling him a “radical” who had no place running the very agency which regulates firearms.
Chipman, who spent years working for gun-control groups such as Brady United, Everytown For Gun Safety, and Giffords, called upon Congress to find another potential director for the ATF who would wield the agency as a tool for strict gun control.
Chipman’s downfall is the second major defeat to President Biden already. His nomination for the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, was shot down by moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) for her controversial nature.
The ATF has gone without a director for many years now, and it’s unclear who the White House may try and put forward next for he job.
Author: Bradley Banks